‘Walking in the Air’

Every Christmas, Raymond Briggs’ Snowman moves through the air, confidently searching for warmth and safety.

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John Powell started launching things into the upper atmosphere in 1977: “The best thing about his project is that space is so foreign to most of us, so seeing a familiar object like a bouquet of flowers flying above Earth domesticates space, and the idea of traveling into it.” Now he has America’s Other Space Program with a ten-person crew in Sacramento whose present mission is Exobiotanica.

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They aim to sent objects like chairs and plants into the stratosphere, hanging from their balloons.